Last Saturday, May 20th, Bill and Lynne Johnson, Charlie and Elyse Roller, Bob & Lou Moriarty and Kate and Zach Zientko participated in the roadside cleanup which was organized by board members Joe DeMarco and Loyd Brewer. Thanks to our members who have adopted roads throughout the Acres, the cleanup crew focused on side roads. Gerry and Michelle Loughren and Fran Shumway cleaned AuSable Dr. from one end to the other before the scheduled cleanup.
I want to thank all those who have adopted roads and who participated in the cleanup. Since all of us have a stake in keeping the Acres beautiful, it is wonderful to have so many helpers.
The bathrooms are now open and the water fountain has been turned on for the summer. The tennis court net is up and we have a new volunteer, Jim Jacobs, who will take care of the court. Thanks, Jim.
Paul Longenderfer and the trail committee had a work day early in May. They have plenty to do and will have another day in October. Thanks to all the hard workers who keep the trails in such great shape. It is an endless project.
I look forward to seeing you on July 1st at the meeting and at the picnic.
Rosemary Barry, AAPOA President
Another successful trails work day was held last Saturday and our group had beautiful weather throughout.
The team replaced a few smaller, crumbling boardwalks with one long bridge over the stream on the Yellow trail. The entire area is stream and wetlands and this bridge will enable AAPOA hikers, bikers and runners access over this area reducing erosion.
I want to thanks our volunteers:
Kevin McDonough and his dog, Marcy, Frank Krueger, Greg Karl, Jim Jacobs and Laurie George for all the wood carrying, arranging and building. A huge thanks to Kevin and Frank for planning the bridge, buying the wood (fortunately funded by the association!) and pre-cutting.
This is the third year of the trails committee and I’m always impressed with the turnout and what we accomplish. Looking forward to our day in the Fall.
Until then, enjoy the attached pics.
Paul Longenderfer, Trail Comm. Chair
Beginning construction of the bridge.
Progress moved right along.
A Day’s Work Well Done
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 11th for this year’s Fall Trails Maintenance Day. NOTE: this is a different date from the one published in the Spring newsletter.
We’ll meet at the Lake Eaton parking lot at 8:30 AM and then disperse from there, most likely working on the Silver trail and possibly a few other projects throughout our trail system.
Please email Paul at plonge1 (at) gmail.com with any question or to let us know if you can volunteer.
Paul Longenderfer, AAPOA Board Member
I want to thank everyone who came out to Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday May 2nd. There was great attendance and we completed our planned projects. Here’s an overview of our accomplishments:
Trenched, drained and rebuilt six, large wet areas on the Blue trail. There were several low lying areas that pooled up to six inches of water. The team dug release points to drain the areas and a trench system to continually drain the area in the future. Then rebuilt the muddy area by backfilling with dirt and rock. We also built a dirt transition into the bog bridge on the blue trail to make it easier for bikers and runners to access the bridge.
Trail committee at work
I’d like to specifically thank those who volunteered their time to make our Trail Maintenance Day a success:
Our next official Trail Maintenance Day is scheduled for October 3, so be on the lookout for planning emails later this summer.
Thanks again for all your hard work!
Paul Longenderfer, Chairperson and AAPOA Board Member
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Trail Committee, led by chairperson Paul Longenderfer, met to work on the Blue Trail in the Acres. They trenched, drained and rebuilt several wet areas and built a bridge over a small stream. The team dug release points to drain the areas and a trench system to continually drain the area in the future.
This work will help reduce erosion and will lead to a better hiking and biking experience for our members. In addition to Paul Longenderfer, the following AAPOA members of the Trail Committee volunteered their time to make the day a success: Frank Krueger, Phil Dooley, Greg Karl, Jim Jacobs, Cory Egglefield and Margaret Horn.
A special thanks go to Frank for his time scoping the Blue Trail for the bridge placement and to both Frank and Kevin McDonough for buying and cutting the wood prior to the work day.
It is wonderful to have active AAPOA members who go the extra mile for all of us. Thank you all for your time and effort. AAPOA members are welcome to check out this trail and all our other hiking trails.
The next Trail Maintenance Day is scheduled for October 4, 2014. Let us know by email if you are willing to help out on this committee.
Rosemary Barry, President AAPOA